Cultural center rising tall

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island

    County Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura, left, Randy Francisco, center, and Sonia Topenio, right, watch the festivities during a gathering of supporters at the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center in Puhi on Saturday.

  • Bill Buley / The Garden Island

    Brian Yamase of First Hawaiian Bank looks out from a building under construction at the home of the Kauai Philippine Cultural Center in Puhi during a celebration Saturday.

PUHI — Several years ago, Elesther Calipjo and Paul Kyno invited Gary and Teresa Stewart to lunch.

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